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Warren man arrested on counterfeit charges

HUBBARD TOWNSHIP — A Warren man was arraigned Thursday in Girard Municipal Court on felony and misdemeanor charges after township police found more than $3,300 in counterfeit bills near Truck World.

Joshua Vigorito, 35, of Orchard Avenue, pleaded not guilty to three counts counterfeiting and one count criminal simulation. Bond was set at $15,000, and, if that is posted, Vigorito would be electronically monitored during house arrest.

Court records show he was on parole after being released from prison on an abduction and attempted felonious assault conviction.

Township police arrested Vigorito and a teen Wednesday after officers were called to the McDonald’s on Wednesday because two people tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill.

At a traffic stop near Truck World, Vigorito was found driving a black Lincoln MKZ that had run a traffic signal. A 17-year-old Palmyra Road SW boy was the passenger, a report states. A search of a small plastic bag found in the teen’s pocket netted about $3,200 in counterfeit bills, the report states.

During the traffic stop, officers were alerted that the nearby Dunkin’ also was given two counterfeit $20 bills. Two fake bills also were passed at Chester’s Fried Chicken at the Love’s Travel Stop, the report states.

Both Vigorito and the teen were arrested, with the teen taken to the county Juvenile Justice Center. Authorities also learned that Vigorito was wanted in Lorain County, the report states.

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